Michael Perrone is an artist who graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Russian Studies and Political Science. He went on to study art and art education at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts and received an MFA in Painting from The University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Perrone has taught at The University of Iowa in Iowa City and is currently a professor of painting at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar). He has mounted two solo exhibitions with Michael Steinberg Fine Art in Chelsea, New York City, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions internationally. Recently, Perrone has completed two public art projects in Qatar; one at Doha Festival City and one at Lusail Crescent Park. In 2017, Perrone, with his wife – artist Mariah Dekkenga – recently founded an artist residency and gallery, v_e_s_t_i_b_u_l_e, in Randolph, Vermont, USA.
During his time at KAMEN, Perrone hopes to continue to break down the barrier between art and life. The focus of his project will be to explore the local landscape and built infrastructure. Documenting and creating as he goes, he will collect objects, sounds, and images from his journeys as a contemporary flâneur. With a Bolex 16mm camera, he will film the special places that he discovers, objects encountered and the people met, to make a short experimental documentary in a direct style. Perrone is also looking to create small installations, in the landscape and built environment, comprised of objects from his journeys, and small artworks made at the residency.